Big Organizing: Digital Tools in Bernie Sanders’s Revolution
Monday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM
110 E 2nd St
Bernie Sanders shocked the political establishment by building a viable presidential campaign while calling for a political revolution. One secret to the campaign's surprising success is its grassroots organization, powered by digital tools that have allowed volunteers to play an unprecedented role. Learn how software developed on the campaign -- often by volunteers -- has allowed a volunteer-powered organization to scale massively, retaining discipline and structure even while thriving on decentralized, bottom-up people power.
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Becky is a Senior Adviser to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign on leave from CREDO Mobile where she has served as political director and an innovator in organizing and politics for more than...Show the rest
Becky is a Senior Adviser to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign on leave from CREDO Mobile where she has served as political director and an innovator in organizing and politics for more than a decade. Becky ran CREDO’s campaign to register more than one million voters in 2004 and the successful effort to defeat California’s Prop 23 in 2010. She led the campaign is 2012 campaign to unseat the Tea Party Ten, and helped defeat five sitting Republican Congressmen. She began her career at CREDO as the producer of Working Assets Radio, which aired on San Francisco’s NPR affiliate KALW from 2001–2003. Before that, Becky ran a conceptual art practice in San Francisco called South to the Future. She is a Nashville native and a political science graduate of Williams College. She is proud of having been arrested three times during her tenure at CREDO -- protesting the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and helping to stop the Keystone XL pipeline in 2011 and 2013.Hide the rest
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Saikat joined the campaign to build out tools to power Bernie's grassroots movement. Previously, Saikat co-founded Mockingbird and helped start the product team at Stripe.
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Zack Exley is a senior advisor on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and an architect of the campaign's national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. A geek of the Commodore Vic20 generatio...Show the rest
Zack Exley is a senior advisor on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and an architect of the campaign's national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. A geek of the Commodore Vic20 generation, Zack was an early pioneer of Internet politics, organizing and fundraising -- and has been dreaming of a campaign like this one for a very long time. His first talk at SxSW came after George W Bush called him a garbage man in 1998 while trying to shut down Zack's site, GWBush.com, the web's first campaign parody. He organized the first flash mob in 2000 with simultaneous protests in hundreds of cities around the Bush v. Gore election crisis. He became MoveOn.org's first organizing director in its campaign to prevent the war in Iraq and led the first online primary in 2003. As an early advisor to the Dean campaign, he helped transfer MoveOn's early fundraising and organizing discoveries into presidential politics, and then served dutifully as Kerry's Director of Online Fundraising and Communications in the general election where he raised more than $100 million -- when that was still big money! While trying to figure out how to use all these tools and tactics to elect not just a new president but a whole new Congress, Zack worked as a consultant to global NGOs, companies, and campaigns. With ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy, he led some software projects for Obama's 2008 general election and with social movements around the world. Most recently, he served as Wikipedia's Chief Community Officer and Chief Revenue Officer.Hide the rest